Houndstooth

Houndstooth is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colors are used. The classic houndstooth pattern is an example of a tessellation and the squares resemble the imprints left by a chicken’s feet. This gives us the French term pied de poule. Oversized houndstooth patterns were employed prominently at Alexander McQueens’s Fall 2009 Collection, entitled Horn of Plenty. The patterns were a reference to Christian Dior’s signature tweed suits. It was Christian Dior Who launched houndstooth and made it a symbol of class and elegance. He even used it to decorate his most famous perfume: Miss Dior. Originally this fabric was mainly used for men’s garments. One of the most famous ones is Sherlock Holmes’ typical hat: the deerstalker.